First thing’s first: Lake Bell is totally naked on New York’s fall fashion issue (save for an expansive fake tat designed by her hubby) and if that’s what being a vegan looks like, please come over ASAP and help yourself to everything currently in my fridge. Cheese, I’ll miss you the most.
So yeah, Lake Bell is a babe and I’ve got a major crush on her. She recently did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit and admitted to not always being so babely, which really resonated with someone whose arms were so hairy in middle school that I was dubbed “Pa-Harry and the Hendersons.” Reeeeal cute.
“I used to be picked on for my scrawny hairiness, and I was a late bloomer, so much so that my name haunted me with the phrase ‘Lake has no waves. I never want to swim in her.’ Things do get better.”
But I don’t just like her because she has killer legs the length of my wingspan. The girl is super smart, very well-spoken and crazy talented in more than one arena. You probably know her best as an actress (How To Make It In America, Children’s Hospital), but Bell, 34, is also an accomplished writer and a director — a triple threat of sorts. In her latest flick, In A World … (which is a comedy about a woman trying to break into the male-dominated movie trailer voice-over industry), Bell does it all. She’s in front of the camera as the film’s star and wrote and directed from behind the scenes. One Reddit commenter applauded her for helping open doors for wanna-be female directors, which is a profession that has been largely been occupied by men.
“It is difficult [to break into directing], yes,” Bell responded. “But it is our responsibility as women to take on hurdles with grace. And the most graceful way to address your dreams is to just do them. I saw an interview with Zhang Xin where the interviewer asked what she was thinking about as she entered a room filled with male suits, and she laughed and then blankly said “I just don’t think about it.” And I think the simplicity of that conceit is really powerful, because I share that feeling that we shouldn’t feel victimized as women, we should just go about our business and mentor and look up to both men and women: if they are doing what you aspire to do, they should be an inspiration to you regardless of gender.”
Right? I like where her head’s at.
How have you addressed your dreams? And if you’ve had to break through gender barriers in your profession, what was that experience like for you?
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